Do Your Ears Hang Low?

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A joyful picture book about making friends and falling in love, based on the familiar, fun-filled children's song.

Do your ears hang low,
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?

Two sweet, foolish, floppy-eared puppies make friends...

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Overview

A joyful picture book about making friends and falling in love, based on the familiar, fun-filled children's song.

Do your ears hang low,
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?

Two sweet, foolish, floppy-eared puppies make friends and bounce their way through this fun-filled whimsical song!

Caroline Jayne Church's puppies are as enchanting as the rhyme itself--and will have children wagging their ears to and fro in no time!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Church (Hungry Hen) pictures two long-eared pups' playful romp in this reprise of a ridiculously catchy rhyme. Beginning with the title line, "Do your ears hang low?," a brown hound strolls up a hill alone. In the next spread, "Do they wobble to and fro?," a gray-spotted dog approaches from the other direction. When the dogs see one another, their ribbony ears fly up in surprise and become tangled ("Can you tie them in a knot?/ Can you tie them in a bow?"). They play a shy game of hide-and-seek to a second verse of "Do your ears hang high?/ Do they reach up to the sky?" Ultimately, a gatefold opens to show the new friends cheek-to-cheek, shaping a heart with their plume-like ears. The sequence concludes with instructions for hand gestures to accompany the song, and leaves the musical accompaniment to experienced singers. Church draws in a thick, squiggly black line on paper made from torn newsprint and flower petals. Her innocuous artwork and use of a familiar chant will suit any sing-along occasion, and her theme would endear her to the star of the equally comical Dog Eared (reviewed January 14). Ages 2-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Subtitled "A Tale of Puppy Love," this picture book begs to be sung aloud. Adult readers will surely know this popular song's tune and will be hard put not to sing the lyrics as they turn the pages. By the end of the book, little ones will be singing along, too. The illustrations add an appealing narrative: two floppy-eared puppies meet, fall in love and eventually join ears (and hearts) in a concluding "lift here" fun fold-out surprise. The puppy-love premise is downright silly and there is not much action, with only two verses of the well-known song offered. (Puppy ears hang high and puppy ears hang low.) Still, the sing-along telling might evoke a love-at-first-sight response from energetic, playful young readers, especially when coupled with the colorful cartooned illustrations set against a deep purple sky. Satisfied readers might further enjoy Paul Zelinsky's The Wheels on the Bus and Lenny Hort's The Seals on the Bus. 2002, The Chicken House/Scholastic,
— Esther Hershenhorn
School Library Journal
PreS-An attractive version of the well-known song. Many readers will be unfamiliar with the second verse, but it's just as nonsensical as the first. Two cartoon pups-one brown, one white-demonstrate the lyrics with their long floppy ears. They frolic in fields strewn with posies and the last foldout page reveals their long ears extended upward and intertwined to form a heart. Final pages show how youngsters can use hand motions to act out the verse. There is no musical score. Supplemental fun.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Two puppies frolic through the rhymes and rhythms of the traditional song as they meet with eyebrows raised expectantly and their long ears "wobble to and fro." Outlined in black, red cut-paper heart shapes are suspended romantically above their heads, and like dancers stepping to the same tune, they buoyantly play through the two verses. Mimicking the motion of the text, sometimes facing and sometimes side by side, tails up and wagging, Church presents their musical moment in bold acrylics dashed with texture: sand, print, grass, and petals. Culminating in a climactic gatefold picture of beaming flushed puppies, they reach their penultimate joy by tying their ears into a heart-shaped bow. Her first foray into music in a picture-book format ultimately would be more effective if accompanied by sheet music, but a two-page move-along section suggests how children could enact the verses with a partner. Church has produced other useful materials mainly for the young children's-book market in Great Britain, but is known most recently for her knock-'em-dead illustrations for Richard Waring's Hungry Hen (p.1555). Welcome new images for this once sarcastic lyric. (Nonfiction. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439128711
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.44 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2009

    Cute simple book

    This book is really cute, not many word nor a story, just the song (long version of it), but it can help little ones to visualize the word. The illustration are simple and attractive I believe for little ones.
    I find it cute, but my 5 years old daughter didn't have much interest into it. At the end, there is a double page with the gestures pictured, so you can sing - gesture the song but my daughter just wanted to just move on.

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